Hurricane is downgraded to a tropical storm but weather service warns threat remains the same

New York City has been hit flash flooding amid torrential rain and lightning as Henri barrels towards the North East, with millions braced for flooding, toppled trees and extended power outages.

Henri, which had been downgraded to a tropical storm, kept on course early Sunday and is expected to crash into a long stretch of northeastern coastline on New York´s Long Island and in southern New England.

Despite it weakening below hurricane strength, the National Weather Service warned that the threats posed by the storm – particularly heavy rain – remained the same.  

With the center of Henri projected to pass over or just off the eastern tip of Long Island by midday, storm warnings extended from coastal Connecticut and near the old whaling port of New Bedford, Massachusetts, to across the luxurious oceanfront estates of New York´s Hamptons, to the summer getaway of Fire Island.

‘Henri has weakened slightly and is now below hurricane strength,’ the agency tweeted Sunday morning. 

‘This does NOT CHANGE the overall threats, especially the heavy rain threat.’ 

Some 55 million people are under storm warnings ahead of the arrival of Henri, and the National Hurricane Center warned that winds that could reach 80 mph.

Eversource, who provide power to 1.2 million customers in Connecticut, warned that between 50% and 69% their customers could lose power for between eight and 21 days, NBC reports.  

Tropical storm-intensity winds were expected to begin striking the coast at around 8am.   

Videos posted online showed drivers plowing through high water in NYC's Williamsburg (pictured)

Videos posted online showed drivers plowing through high water in NYC's Williamsburg (pictured)

Water was seen pouring down the streets in New York City

Water was seen pouring down the streets in New York City

BROOKLYN, NYC: Videos posted online showed drivers plowing through high water in New York City, and Newark and Hoboken, New Jersey 

WILLIAMSBURG, NYC: Streets were covered in water in Brooklyn as torrential rain battered New York ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Henri

WILLIAMSBURG, NYC: Streets were covered in water in Brooklyn as torrential rain battered New York ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Henri

WILLIAMSBURG, NYC: Streets were covered in water in Brooklyn as torrential rain battered New York ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Henri

BROOKLYN:  Flash flooding saw water covering the streets in Williamsburg, NYC

BROOKLYN:  Flash flooding saw water covering the streets in Williamsburg, NYC

BROOKLYN: Drivers plowing through high water in New York City

BROOKLYN: Drivers plowing through high water in New York City

WILLIAMSBURG, NYC: Rain began battering New York City on Saturday night as the storm approached

Henri began to make landfall as of 8am Sunday, with sustained winds of around 44 miles per hour

Henri began to make landfall as of 8am Sunday, with sustained winds of around 44 miles per hour

Henri began to make landfall as of 8am Sunday, with sustained winds of around 44 miles per hour 

Despite downgrading Henri to a tropical storm the National Weather Service warned that heavy rain and storm surges remained a threat

Despite downgrading Henri to a tropical storm the National Weather Service warned that heavy rain and storm surges remained a threat

Despite downgrading Henri to a tropical storm the National Weather Service warned that heavy rain and storm surges remained a threat 

The National Weather Service downgraded Henri to a tropical storm Sunday morning, but warned the threat remained the same

The National Weather Service downgraded Henri to a tropical storm Sunday morning, but warned the threat remained the same

The National Weather Service downgraded Henri to a tropical storm Sunday morning, but warned the threat remained the same 

CENTRAL PARK, NYC: The 'Homecoming' concert intended to mark the end of the Covid pandemic was dramatically cancelled half way through, as Barry Manilow was singing on stage as the city was hit by thunderstorms

CENTRAL PARK, NYC: The 'Homecoming' concert intended to mark the end of the Covid pandemic was dramatically cancelled half way through, as Barry Manilow was singing on stage as the city was hit by thunderstorms

CENTRAL PARK, NYC: The ‘Homecoming’ concert intended to mark the end of the Covid pandemic was dramatically cancelled half way through, as Barry Manilow was singing on stage as the city was hit by thunderstorms 








The first thunderstorms bringing what could be up to half a foot of rain arrived late Saturday, and flooding began in some areas overnight. 

New York’s Central Park set an all-time record for rain in an hour, with 1.94″ falling by 11:51pm – beating the previous record of 1.76″ of rain recorded in the park on September 8, 2004. 

Several videos posted online showed drivers plowing through high water in New York City, and Newark and Hoboken, New Jersey.

States of emergency have already been declared in areas of New York state and Connecticut. 

People in the projected path spent Saturday scrambling to stock up on groceries and gasoline. Some gas stations from Cape Cod to Long Island sold out of fuel. 

Those close to the coast boarded up windows and, in some cases, evacuated. 

Officials in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York cautioned that people could lose power for days.

Authorities advised people to secure their boats, fuel up their vehicles and stock up on canned goods. 

Police in Southampton on eastern Long Island closed a flooded road as Henri began to make landfall Sunday morning

Police in Southampton on eastern Long Island closed a flooded road as Henri began to make landfall Sunday morning

Police in Southampton on eastern Long Island closed a flooded road as Henri began to make landfall Sunday morning 

HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY:  Streets were completely submerged after flash flooding

HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY:  Streets were completely submerged after flash flooding

The Brooklyn Queens Expressway is closed in both directions due to flooding

The Brooklyn Queens Expressway is closed in both directions due to flooding

HOBOKEN NJ: Streets were completely submerged after flash flooding in new Jersey (left) while The Brooklyn Queens Expressway is closed in both directions due to flooding (right)

QUEENS: Water is seen pouring into an underground subway station in Ozone Park

QUEENS: Water is seen pouring into an underground subway station in Ozone Park

BROOKLYN: The basement of an apartment building in Brooklyn was flooded

BROOKLYN: The basement of an apartment building in Brooklyn was flooded

 QUEENS: Water is seen pouring into an underground subway station in Ozone Park (left) while the basement of an apartment building in Brooklyn was flooded (right)

HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY: Roads were submerged after torrential downpours

HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY: Roads were submerged after torrential downpours

BROOKLYN: Water poured down stairs like a waterfall amid flash floods

BROOKLYN: Water poured down stairs like a waterfall amid flash floods

HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY: Roads were submerged after torrential downpours (left) – while water poured down stairs like a waterfall in Brooklyn








WESTHAMPTON, NY: Cars wait in line to fill up on gas ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Henri

WESTHAMPTON, NY: Cars wait in line to fill up on gas ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Henri

WESTHAMPTON, NY: Cars wait in line to fill up on gas ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Henri

WESTERLY, RHODE ISLAND: Panic buying saw shelves stripped of supplies as Tropical Storm Henri barreled towards the state

WESTERLY, RHODE ISLAND: Panic buying saw shelves stripped of supplies as Tropical Storm Henri barreled towards the state

WESTERLY, RHODE ISLAND: Panic buying saw shelves stripped of supplies as Tropical Storm Henri barreled towards the state

At least 400 flights at airports across the northeast were cancelled for Sunday. That included 148 flights at New Jersey’s Newark airport, and 47 and 85 at New York’s JFK and La Guardia respectively.

Approaching severe weather Saturday night also cut short a superstar-laden concert in Central Park. The show headlined by Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Jennifer Hudson was meant to celebrate New York City´s recovery from the coronavirus. 

But officials asked concertgoers to leave the park during Barry Manilow´s set amid the threat of lightning.  

NEW LONDON, CONNECTICUT: Homeowners began barricading their windows and doors with plywood

NEW LONDON, CONNECTICUT: Homeowners began barricading their windows and doors with plywood

NEW LONDON, CONNECTICUT: Homeowners began barricading their windows and doors with plywood

VALLEY STREAM, NY: A road sign flashes a hurricane warning on Southern State Parkway

VALLEY STREAM, NY: A road sign flashes a hurricane warning on Southern State Parkway

VALLEY STREAM, NY: A road sign flashes a hurricane warning on Southern State Parkway

A satellite image taken Saturday afternoon shows Tropical Storm Henri barreling towards New England where it is expected to make landfall on Sunday

A satellite image taken Saturday afternoon shows Tropical Storm Henri barreling towards New England where it is expected to make landfall on Sunday

A satellite image taken Saturday afternoon shows Tropical Storm Henri barreling towards New England where it is expected to make landfall on Sunday

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warned that swells from the storm can cause 'life-threatening surf and rip currents'

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warned that swells from the storm can cause 'life-threatening surf and rip currents'

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warned that swells from the storm can cause ‘life-threatening surf and rip currents’

Henri is set to make landfall in Long Island or southern New England late Saturday or early Sunday at tropical storm strength, with winds that could reach 80 mph

Henri is set to make landfall in Long Island or southern New England late Saturday or early Sunday at tropical storm strength, with winds that could reach 80 mph

Henri is set to make landfall in Long Island or southern New England late Saturday or early Sunday at tropical storm strength, with winds that could reach 80 mph

New York City’s ‘Homecoming’ concert canceled half way through Manilow set

New York City’s homecoming concert was dramatically cancelled half way through, and revelers were told to leave Central Park immediately and seek shelter as Tropical Storm Henri barreled down on the city.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC officials had ignored a tropical storm watch for the Big Apple ahead of the concert, and planned to push ahead with the event on the Great Lawn in Central Park.

The ‘We Love NYC, The Homecoming Concert’ was intended to mark the end of the Covid pandemic in the city that was the global epicenter for the virus back in April 2020.

But just after 7:40pm, as Barry Manilow was singing a medley of his hits on stage, the music was suddenly stopped as lightning strikes were reported within the city.

Manilow was part way through singing ‘I Can’t Smile Without You’ when concertgoers were told to ‘quickly and calmly proceed to the nearest exit’.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said: ‘We need everyone for brief period of time to move to some place safe because of thunder and lightening, and then we will bring the concert back.’

But as concertgoers deserted the park and the torrential rain and lightning showed no signs of easing, officials pulled the plug.   

New York City's homecoming concert has been dramatically cancelled half way through and revelers were told to leave Central Park immediately and seek shelter as Hurricane Henri barreled down on the city

New York City's homecoming concert has been dramatically cancelled half way through and revelers were told to leave Central Park immediately and seek shelter as Hurricane Henri barreled down on the city

New York City’s homecoming concert has been dramatically cancelled half way through and revelers were told to leave Central Park immediately and seek shelter as Hurricane Henri barreled down on the city

The 'We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert' in Central Park is interrupted due to rain storms that are part of Henri in New York

The 'We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert' in Central Park is interrupted due to rain storms that are part of Henri in New York

The ‘We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert’ in Central Park is interrupted due to rain storms that are part of Henri in New York

Officials had ignored a tropical storm watch for the Big Apple and insisted that the homecoming concert would continue as planned

Officials had ignored a tropical storm watch for the Big Apple and insisted that the homecoming concert would continue as planned

Officials had ignored a tropical storm watch for the Big Apple and insisted that the homecoming concert would continue as planned

On Saturday a sea of unmasked New Yorkers packed Central Park to watch a star-studded line up of performers as Henri was on the horizon.

On Saturday a sea of unmasked New Yorkers packed Central Park to watch a star-studded line up of performers as Henri was on the horizon.

On Saturday a sea of unmasked New Yorkers packed Central Park to watch a star-studded line up of performers as Henri was on the horizon.

Concertgoers flood out of Central Park after the Homecoming concert was called off

Concertgoers flood out of Central Park after the Homecoming concert was called off

Concertgoers flood out of Central Park after the Homecoming concert was called off

 

People leave We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert as the event was seemingly canceled due to weather during in Central Park on Saturday

People leave We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert as the event was seemingly canceled due to weather during in Central Park on Saturday

People leave We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert as the event was seemingly canceled due to weather during in Central Park on Saturday








A weather anchor for CNN revealed that city officials had previously said they would need to call off the concert if lightning struck anywhere within 10 miles of the show. 

Manilow appeared on the network in a phone interview after his performance was cut short.

‘It’s such a shame,’ Manilow said. ‘They cut us off and threw us off the stage because they were afraid of lightning. It was getting very dangerous out there.’ 

He then sang I Made It Through the Rain over the phone while Anderson Cooper waved his arms. 

On Saturday a sea of unmasked New Yorkers packed Central Park to watch a star-studded line up of performers as Tropical Storm Henri was on the horizon. 

Big name headliners including Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and Jennifer Hudson had entertained a crowd of up to 60,000 in Central Park. 

Just before the concert was stopped, some people had posted on social media that they had been in line for three hours but still hadn’t been admitted to the park for the concert. 

Also set to perform before the concert was abruptly halted were Andrea Bocelli, Carlos Santana, Jon Batiste, Kane Brown, LL Cool J, Elvis Costello, Earth, Wind & Fire and others. 

Organized by Brooklyn-born music mogul Clive Davis, the concert was meant to celebrate New York City’s reopening after the pandemic, despite rising COVID cases nationwide.

NYC’s largest concert since the pandemic began in early 2020, the free ticketed  show was only open to attendees over the age of 12 who provide proof of vaccination, and won’t be required to wear masks.    

The massive crowd  is seen during the concert before it was seemingly cancelled on Saturday because of the storm

The massive crowd  is seen during the concert before it was seemingly cancelled on Saturday because of the storm

The massive crowd  is seen during the concert before it was seemingly cancelled on Saturday because of the storm

Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson performs with New York Philharmonic onstage during We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert on Saturday

Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson performs with New York Philharmonic onstage during We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert on Saturday

Carlos Santana performs during We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert Produced by NYC on Saturday

Carlos Santana performs during We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert Produced by NYC on Saturday

Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, left, and Carlos Santana, right, performed during We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert on Saturday

Andrea Bocelli performs onstage with the New York Philharmonic during We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert Saturday

Andrea Bocelli performs onstage with the New York Philharmonic during We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert Saturday

Andrea Bocelli performs onstage with the New York Philharmonic during We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert Saturday 

Mayor Bill de Blasio mask up for Saturday's  We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert in Central Park

Mayor Bill de Blasio mask up for Saturday's  We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert in Central Park

Mayor Bill de Blasio mask up for Saturday’s  We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert in Central Park

On Saturday a sea of unmasked New Yorkers packed Central Park to watch a star-studded line up of performers as Henri is on the horizon

On Saturday a sea of unmasked New Yorkers packed Central Park to watch a star-studded line up of performers as Henri is on the horizon

On Saturday a sea of unmasked New Yorkers packed Central Park to watch a star-studded line up of performers as Henri is on the horizon

Models from the Czech meteorological company VentuSky show Henri developing into a hurricane before it passes over western Long Island before hitting Manhattan

Models from the Czech meteorological company VentuSky show Henri developing into a hurricane before it passes over western Long Island before hitting Manhattan

Models from the Czech meteorological company VentuSky show Henri developing into a hurricane before it passes over western Long Island before hitting Manhattan

Cuomo warns that Henri is ‘as serious as a heart attack’ and could be as devastating as Superstorm Sandy in parts of New York  

The storm is set to make landfall in Long Island or southern New England late Saturday or early Sunday, with winds that could reach 80 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. 

People evacuated popular beach communities and made last-minute runs on batteries and gasoline as Henri churned closer, while officials pleaded with the millions of people in the storm´s path to brace themselves for torrential rain and storm surges.

Henri has sparked New York to declare a state of emergency as the Hamptons braced for a direct hit on Saturday.

A mandatory evacuation order was issued for some residents closest to the water in Madison, Connecticut.  

Henri was on course to collide Sunday in the late morning or afternoon with a long stretch of coastline, as storm warnings extended from near the old whaling port of New Bedford, Massachusetts, across the luxurious oceanfront estates of New York´s Hamptons, to the summer getaway of Fire Island.

Intense winds and potentially dangerous tidal surges were expected as far east as Cape Cod and as far west as the New Jersey shore, and utilities warned ensuing power outages could last a week or even more. Governors urged people to stay home during the brunt of the storm.

Henri was veering a bit further west than originally expected, placing eastern Long Island in its bull’s-eye rather than New England. That gave people directly in the storm’s path less time to prepare.

A person with an umbrella stands in falling rain while looking toward New York City ahead of Tropical Storm Henri in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey

A person with an umbrella stands in falling rain while looking toward New York City ahead of Tropical Storm Henri in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey

A person with an umbrella stands in falling rain while looking toward New York City ahead of Tropical Storm Henri in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey

Surfers flock to the beach as wave heights elevate in advance of Henri on Saturday in Lido Beach, New York

Surfers flock to the beach as wave heights elevate in advance of Henri on Saturday in Lido Beach, New York

Surfers flock to the beach as wave heights elevate in advance of Henri on Saturday in Lido Beach, New York

Earlier today de Blasio announced NYC is under a Tropical Storm Warning and to expect strong winds and rain to begin late Saturday through Sunday

Earlier today de Blasio announced NYC is under a Tropical Storm Warning and to expect strong winds and rain to begin late Saturday through Sunday

Earlier today de Blasio announced NYC is under a Tropical Storm Warning and to expect strong winds and rain to begin late Saturday through Sunday








Residents and visitors on Fire Island, a narrow strip of sandy villages barely above sea level off Long Island´s southern coast, were urged to evacuate. The last boats out will leave at 10:40 p.m. Saturday; after that, officials said, there may be no way out for people who decide to ride out the storm.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo pleaded with New York residents to make last-minute preparations, warning that heavy rain, winds and storm surges from Henri could be as devastating as Superstorm Sandy in parts of the state. 

The governor, who will leave office in two days following a sexual harassment scandal, warned that heavy rains were expected to create problems far up into the Hudson River Valley.

In a briefing on Saturday afternoon, Cuomo warned that Henri is ‘as serious as a heart attack’ and New York residents in parts of Long Island, particularly Fire Island, need to prepare to evacuate to higher ground as soon as possible. 

More than 40million people are under storm threat

More than 40million people are under storm threat

More than 40million people are under storm threat

Huge clouds were seen over Manhattan on Friday as the Tropical Storm Henri expected to arrive in New York City

Huge clouds were seen over Manhattan on Friday as the Tropical Storm Henri expected to arrive in New York City

Huge clouds were seen over Manhattan on Friday as the Tropical Storm Henri expected to arrive in New York City

‘We have short notice. We´re talking about tomorrow,’ Cuomo said. ‘So if you have to move, if you have to stock up, if you have to get to higher ground, it has to be today. Please.’

The State of Emergency is in place for Long Island, New York City, Westchester County, the Hudson Valley and the Capital Region. 

Cuomo said Henri is forecasted to make landfall 7am on Sunday with the eye of the storm passing over Long Island by 11am. The storm is expected to batter the state for 26 hours before it subsides around 2pm on Monday.  

He added that there will be delays or cancellations to flights, and that passengers should check with their airlines to see if their travel plans were still on track. In Long Island, most train services will be suspended from midnight and the MTA is considering shutting down the Harlem line. 

At least 500 National Guard troops will be deployed today, and the State Police will have 1,000 staff on duty. 

Earlier on Saturday, de Blasio announced that New York City is under a Tropical Storm Warning and to expect strong winds and rain to begin late Saturday through Sunday. 

‘Right now, from what we’re hearing, the real impacts are tomorrow but we want to start warning people now, we want you to make your plans the right way, to really minimize activity tomorrow to the maximum extent possible,’ de Blasio said during a Saturday press briefing. 

‘Stay off the roads, stay indoors, there’s going to be heavy winds, a lot of rain, we could definitely be seeing some trees falling down, we need people to be safe so I’m telling you now so you can alter your plans, prepare your plans for tomorrow. Stay in, to the maximum extent possible.’  

Connecticut braced for first direct hit from a hurricane in 30 years amid warnings that millions could be left without power for WEEKS

A mandatory evacuation order was issued for some residents closest to the water in Madison, Connecticut. First Selectwoman Peggy Lyons wrote in a public notice, that any ‘residents who do not leave the evacuation zone by 9 p.m. tonight are putting their lives at risk and public safety crews will not be able to respond to you once winds exceed 50 mph.’  

Gov. Ned Lamont warned Connecticut residents they should prepare to ‘shelter in place’ from Sunday afternoon through at least Monday morning as the state braces for the first possible direct hit from a hurricane in decades.

New England has not taken a direct hit from a hurricane since Hurricane Bob in 1991.

In Rhode Island, Gov. Dan McKee similarly urged state residents stay at home Sunday and into Monday morning.

‘We consider this a serious matter,’ McKee said at a news conference. 

Eversource, who provide power to 1.2 million customers in Connecticut, warned that between 50% and 69% their customers could lose power for between eight and 21 days, NBC reports. 

‘We’ve been re-positioning crews, equipment and other resources accordingly so that we’re ready for the significant, widespread damage we can expect to see from this storm,’ said Eversource President of Regional Electric Operations Craig Hallstrom.

Sean Delvin speaks with Connecticut State Trooper Ollivierre about the mandatory evacuation as Henri approaches East Haven, Connecticut on Saturday

Sean Delvin speaks with Connecticut State Trooper Ollivierre about the mandatory evacuation as Henri approaches East Haven, Connecticut on Saturday

Sean Delvin speaks with Connecticut State Trooper Ollivierre about the mandatory evacuation as Henri approaches East Haven, Connecticut on Saturday

Rafael Roman boards up a client's home as Henri approaches East Haven, Connecticut on Saturday

Rafael Roman boards up a client's home as Henri approaches East Haven, Connecticut on Saturday

Rafael Roman boards up a client’s home as Henri approaches East Haven, Connecticut on Saturday

Erica Giglietti takes a selfie while filling sandbags for her home ahead of a mandatory evacuation as Henri approaches East Haven, Connecticut on Saturday

Erica Giglietti takes a selfie while filling sandbags for her home ahead of a mandatory evacuation as Henri approaches East Haven, Connecticut on Saturday

Erica Giglietti takes a selfie while filling sandbags for her home ahead of a mandatory evacuation as Henri approaches East Haven, Connecticut on Saturday

President Joe Biden participated in a phone call with northeastern governors, as well as FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell and Homeland Security Advisor Liz Sherwood-Randall, to discuss Henri’s anticipated landfall on Long Island and southern New England on Sunday.

According to a readout of the call, they discussed how governors are ‘working closely’ with FEMA and the National Guard to prepare to respond to impacts from the storm – including possible widespread power outages, coastal storm surges, and inland flooding.

Criswell said FEMA is positioning 700 response personnel and materials including meals, tarps, and generators, according to the readout. 

‘Additionally, the President and other participants discussed the need to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through the use of vaccines, masks, and social distancing if sheltering is required,’ according to the readout. 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker expressed relief Saturday that the latest models suggest Henri won’t make a direct hit on the state.

But Baker and McKee at separate briefings warned that high winds and heavy rains still could lead to widespread and lengthy power outages.

Officials said Logan International Airport in Boston was expected to remain open, but that some flights likely would be canceled. And service on some branches of New York City’s commuter rail system will be suspended Sunday.

Celebrities in the Hamptons ‘hanging out on their yachts at the moment drinking martinis’ while locals board up homes ahead of storm

In the Hamptons, the celebrity playground on Long Island’s east end, officials warned of dangerous rip currents and flooding that’s likely to turn streets like the mansion-lined Dune Road into lagoons.

‘We have a lot of wealthy people. There’s no doubt that we do, but everybody pulls together in an emergency,’ Schneiderman said. 

‘So, you know, yeah, there are people hanging out on their yachts at the moment drinking martinis, but they’re also starting to talk about this storm and I’m sure they’re going to want to be helpful.’

Former President Bill Clinton was seen at a charity softball game in the Hamptons while others were pictured boarding up their in advance of the impending tropical storm. 

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said the town was considering issuing a voluntary evacuation advisory for about 6,000 people. He said storm models showed that the storm’s center would run ‘smack on the town of Southampton.’

He described a run on supplies like batteries and flashlights as people ‘are starting to wake up.’

Former President Bill Clinton is pictured at The East Hampton Artists & Writers Annual Charity Softball Game ahead of the storm on Saturday

Former President Bill Clinton is pictured at The East Hampton Artists & Writers Annual Charity Softball Game ahead of the storm on Saturday

Former President Bill Clinton is pictured at The East Hampton Artists & Writers Annual Charity Softball Game ahead of the storm on Saturday

Former President Bill Clinton gives autographs at The East Hampton Artists & Writers Annual Charity Softball Game on Saturday

Former President Bill Clinton gives autographs at The East Hampton Artists & Writers Annual Charity Softball Game on Saturday

Former President Bill Clinton gives autographs at The East Hampton Artists & Writers Annual Charity Softball Game on Saturday

Former President Bill Clinton puts on his umpire t-shirt at The East Hampton Artists & Writers Annual Charity Softball Game

Former President Bill Clinton puts on his umpire t-shirt at The East Hampton Artists & Writers Annual Charity Softball Game

Former President Bill Clinton puts on his umpire t-shirt at The East Hampton Artists & Writers Annual Charity Softball Game

Former President Bill Clinton posing for a photograph with Mike Lupica, center, at The East Hampton Artists & Writers Annual Charity Softball Game

Former President Bill Clinton posing for a photograph with Mike Lupica, center, at The East Hampton Artists & Writers Annual Charity Softball Game

Former President Bill Clinton posing for a photograph with Mike Lupica, center, at The East Hampton Artists & Writers Annual Charity Softball Game

Former President Bill Clinton shakes hands with Lori Singer at The East Hampton Artists & Writers Annual Charity Softball Gam

Former President Bill Clinton shakes hands with Lori Singer at The East Hampton Artists & Writers Annual Charity Softball Gam

Former President Bill Clinton shakes hands with Lori Singer at The East Hampton Artists & Writers Annual Charity Softball Gam

Residents and visitors on Fire Island, a narrow strip of sandy villages barely above sea level off Long Island’s southern coast, were urged to evacuate. The last boats out will leave at 10:40 p.m. Saturday; after that, officials said, there may be no way out for people who decide to ride out the storm.

The evacuation threw a wrench into Kristen Pavese’s planned Fire Island bachelorette party. The group of 10 had intended to celebrate out on Saturday night, but ended up leaving on the ferry just a day after arriving. They had planned to stay until Monday.

‘I’m upset about it, but it’s the weather. It’s nothing I can control,’ said Pavese, a Long Island resident. ‘I’ve been going to Fire Island for a long time, so I’m sort of familiar with this happening.’

Boats sit in a parking lot as part of storm preparation on August 21, 2021 in Hampton Bays, New York

Boats sit in a parking lot as part of storm preparation on August 21, 2021 in Hampton Bays, New York

Boats sit in a parking lot as part of storm preparation on August 21, 2021 in Hampton Bays, New York

The group made alternate Saturday night plans at a Long Island winery, and Pavese said she was happy to still be with her friends.

New York hasn’t had a direct hit from a powerful cyclone since Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc in 2012. Some of the most important repairs from that storm have been completed, but many projects designed to protect against future storms remain unfinished.

With a top wind speed of 75 mph Saturday, Henri sped up to move north-northeast at 18 mph as of Saturday evening. It’s still about 335 miles south of Montauk Point on Long Island.

Storm surge between 3 and 5 feet is possible from Flushing, New York, to Chatham, Massachusetts, and for parts of the North Shore and South Shore of Long Island, the hurricane center said. Rainfall between 3 to 6 inches is expected Sunday through Monday.

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